Event 298: The one where we were reminded about the positive impact of moving more

Event number 298 Run report

Words by Emily Craggs
Pictures by Richard Hallam-Baker
Published by Jo Greenwood

Five years ago I started Woodley parkrun and it changed my life forever... it gave me a reason to do regular physical activity, got me involved in volunteering and I’ve made friends I’ll keep for life as well as those who I know will be there for a chat on a Saturday morning.

DSC_4561Today, Macmillan Cancer Support were at Woodford Park sharing their Rehabilitation Programme. From what I can see, their aims to empower people living with and beyond cancer to: take back control, boost their confidence and aid recovery aren’t far off what parkrun has done for me. And it was great to see Macmillan supporting people to make their first step on a parkrun journey today. DSC_4575

Along with those supported by Macmillan, there were 32 first timers who were a mix of parkrun first timers and tourists - which included those from Woking and Runcorn. Welcome to all of you and see you again very soon.

DSC_4595Leading the way today was someone who has recently returned to his parkrun journey after a lengthy injury, James Craggs. 385 parkrunners followed behind him including 37 juniors. Of these participants, a whopping 86 achieved shiny new pbs. Sadly that is too many to mention personally but they include; junior Thomas Lunn (finishing in 2nd place and running his 9th pb in his last 11 runs), Joanna Thorn (running under 30 minutes for the first time with a fantastic 29:24), junior Zachery Bowles (running a minute and a half pb), junior Ben Thurlow (running under 20 minutes for the first time, knocking nearly a minute off his previous pb in an incredible 19:33), Charlotte Miller (who has run a new pb at every one of her parkruns) and James Thackray (on his 100th parkrun achieving a Woodley pb after setting his previous pb 4 years ago). DSC_4655

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James wasn’t the only parkrunner running his 100th parkrun as he was joined by Stephanie Karen Bird. Huge congratulations to you both along with junior runner Amelia Abbott running her 10th parkrun.

In a couple of weeks' time, on 26th May, Woodley parkrun is celebrating a milestone of its own- its 300th parkrun! To celebrate, Woodley parkrun is inviting you to show how far you have come since you started your own parkrun journey by wearing an event t-shirt, a parkrun milestone t-shirt

As us current parkrunners are celebrating how far we have come at the 300th event, wouldn’t it be great if we were to invite our non parkrunning friends to begin their parkrun journey (be that walking, jogging, running or volunteering). And whilst encouraging others, if you know anyone who might benefit from the Macmillan Berkshire Cancer Rehabilitation Programme or their Move More programme (helping people before, during and after cancer treatment take part in physical activity from gardening to a sport) the team can be contacted on 01344 662 909 or fphtr.BerkshireCancerRehab@nhs.net

A huge thanks as always to all the 27 volunteers that made Woodley parkrun number 298 possible. To become a volunteering hi-vis hero yourself send the volunteer coordinator an email on woodleyhelpers@parkrun.com

This week's stats
This week 386 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 32 were first timers and 86 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 33 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 27 volunteers:

Guy DAKIN • David SAYER • John Paul YOUNG • Graham SEWELL • Joanna GREENWOOD • Adrian Nicholas BLAKEY • Michael Ian SOUTHERTON • Andy BEST • Chris DREW • Alan THOMAS • Eva SIMMONS • Emily CRAGGS • Richard HALLAM-BAKER • Lynda HASKINS • Tim LOWE • Jessica DOLAN • Gerry LEONIDAS • Debbie KING • Tina SAUNDERS • Harrison SEWELL • Martyn ALLEN • Jennie JENNINGS • Meggie CUMINI • Laura MCNALLY • Rob THOMPSON • Oliver HURST • Sarah BATE

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Woodley parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Jonathan Stuart DAVIES who recorded a time of 15:20 on 26th July 2014 (event number 95).
The female record is held by Anna BONIFACE who recorded a time of 17:31 on 15th April 2017 (event number 241).
The Age Grade course record is held by Claire DONALD who recorded 91.08% (19:37) on 1st November 2014 (event number 109).

Woodley parkrun started on 13th October 2012. Since then 8,325 participants have completed 72,569 parkruns covering a total distance of 362,845 km, inc

 

Bank holiday weekend swelter!

Woodley parkrun report: event 297 - 5th May 2018
Words by: Naomi Harris
Pictures by: Kevin Lewington
Published by: Jo Greenwood

It was a lovely hot morning this week which brought out 435 runners to the 297th Woodley parkrun.

I was doing pre-event set up and post-event close down for the first time and it was interesting to see the park empty at 8:30, then full of 435 runners at 9:00 and then once we’d closed down at 10:30 there was no sign that parkrun had ever happened!
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Well done to the 77 runners who managed to PB in in the hot weather including me by 1 second (they all count!). A special mention must go to my friend Georgia Whalley who achieved a well-deserved PB for the first time in nearly two years. 2B0F9ACE-2382-45CE-A583-6FFB457C7E20

I’ve been running parkrun since I was 9 years old and it’s how I started running and, like many others, it encouraged me to join a local running club. That’s why parkrun is such an amazing event which encourages all abilities. So, it was great to see 30 people doing their first ever parkrun! Also, congratulations to our milestone runners; Rob Thompson (#50), Billy Newman (#10) and Logan Watkins (#10). Not to forget the unofficial milestones - Mark Andrew (#150), Stephen Wilks (#200) and Colin Tennant (#200).

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Thank you to all 24 volunteers who ensured a successful parkrun took place. 255AD05D-A12E-420F-9731-4F25B338955D66828278-981D-436D-872B-35954326F3A8

Here's the stats:
This week 435 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 38 were first timers and 77 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 24 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 24 volunteers:

John PRESTON • Alex S HARRIS • Guy DAKIN • John Paul YOUNG • Emma CASWELL • Fiona ROXBURGH • Marei DE ROY • Joanna GREENWOOD • Naomi HARRIS • Patrick FILLINGHAM • Hilary RENNIE • Amanda TIPLADY • Hannah Kr PHELPS • Caroline HARGREAVES • Sarah HILLING • Kevin LEWINGTON • Jessica HILLING • Neil DAWES • Ian MCGUINNESS • Peter GLASS • Peter RENNIE • Harsh DESAI • Abi TODD • Euan TODD

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Woodley parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Jonathan Stuart DAVIES who recorded a time of 15:20 on 26th July 2014 (event number 95).
The female record is held by Anna BONIFACE who recorded a time of 17:31 on 15th April 2017 (event number 241).
The Age Grade course record is held by Claire DONALD who recorded 91.08% (19:37) on 1st November 2014 (event number 109).

Woodley parkrun started on 13th October 2012. Since then 8,293 participants have completed 72,183 parkruns covering a total distance of 360,915 km, including 12,561 new Personal Bests.

 

Woodley parkrun Event #296

Report By: Jennie Jennings
Photos By: Stan Pattenden & Richard Mason
Published By: Emily Mason

After last week's unseasonably warm morning, it was odd to see parkrunners wrapped back up and shifting from side to side in an attempt to keep warm this Saturday.

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Despite the damp and chilly start, 355 brilliant runners and 28 even more brilliant volunteers dragged themselves out of bed and met at Woodford Park for the 296th Woodley parkrun.

It was my 10th parkrun since I first registered, although my first in the last four weeks so I was feeling slightly apprehensive to get back to it this weekend!

The great thing about parkrun though, is no matter how guilty you might feel for missing a few weeks, there will always be hundreds of wonderful people supporting you along the way - from fellow runners egging you on to the fabulous volunteers clapping and cheering along the way.

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I probably pushed myself a bit harder than I was ready for and found myself having to have a little lie down on the very damp grass after crossing the finish line!

As well as the Woodley regulars who I've become used to seeing this year, there were some tourists all the way from Poland and (gasp) Reading! I have to admit to having started off in Reading myself - I made the trip over when the course moved over to Dinton at the beginning of the year but consider myself a Woodley runner through and through now!

Well done parkrunners, I'll see you again next weekend when hopefully I'll be feeling a lot better!

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And here are the stats...

This week 355 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 23 were first timers and 52 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 25 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 28 volunteers:

Darren LEWIS • David SAYER • Bruce SARJENT • Michael Ian SOUTHERTON • Rhona Louise SOUTHERTON • Alice KERR • Annette RUSSELL • Andy BEST • Chris DREW • Richard MASON • Naomi HARRIS • Hilary RENNIE • Emily MASON • Sarah DREW • Kate PATTENDEN • Lesley QUINN • Stan PATTENDEN • Katie PERKINS • Samuel EDMUND • Robert TUCK • Tim LOWE • Martyn ALLEN • Jennie JENNINGS • Daniela CASTILLO • Claire SOUTHERTON • Peter GLASS • Peter RENNIE • Harsh DESAI

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Woodley parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Jonathan Stuart DAVIES who recorded a time of 15:20 on 26th July 2014 (event number 95).
The female record is held by Anna BONIFACE who recorded a time of 17:31 on 15th April 2017 (event number 241).
The Age Grade course record is held by Claire DONALD who recorded 91.08% (19:37) on 1st November 2014 (event number 109).

Woodley parkrun started on 13th October 2012. Since then 8,255 participants have completed 71,748 parkruns covering a total distance of 358,740 km, including 12,484 new Personal Bests.

 

Woodley parkrun Event #295

Photos By: Richard Mason
Published By: Emily Mason

There’s no run report this week. If you would like to volunteer to write future run reports please contact woodleyhelpers@parkrun.com

In the meantime, here are some photos from event #295

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And here are the stats...

This week 419 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 35 were first timers and 52 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 31 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

Darren LEWIS • Stuart Alan HUMPHRIES • Nicholette SAYER • Mary JANSSEN • Neil FENWICK • Annette RUSSELL • Juliet FENWICK • Andy BEST • Eoin Stuart MCLEOD • Sarah RICHMOND-DEVOY • Lorna MCLEOD • Richard MASON • Emily MASON • Amanda TIPLADY • Sarah DREW • Jaroslava Hornek BOYD • Mike DIMMICK • Sarah HILLING • Katie PERKINS • Laura CLARK • Gary TUTTLE • Gia MIDDLETON • Hannah MCPHEE • Jenny MULHEARN • Zoe JONES • Natalie HARRIS • Jane DISNEY • Peter GLASS • Iain MACKENZIE

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Woodley parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Jonathan Stuart DAVIES who recorded a time of 15:20 on 26th July 2014 (event number 95).
The female record is held by Anna BONIFACE who recorded a time of 17:31 on 15th April 2017 (event number 241).
The Age Grade course record is held by Claire DONALD who recorded 91.08% (19:37) on 1st November 2014 (event number 109).

Woodley parkrun started on 13th October 2012. Since then 8,232 participants have completed 71,393 parkruns covering a total distance of 356,965 km, including 12,432 new Personal Bests.

 

Woodley parkun #294 – the foggy one

Event No: 294
Photos by: Debbie King
Published by: Gia Middleton

This week's parkrun was a run of two halves - foggy to start with and bright sunshine at the end.

There's no run report this week, but here are some photos.

The fog...

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The sunshine...

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And finally the stats...

This week 349 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 29 were first timers and 36 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by 26 volunteers:

Emma CASWELL • James ROBERTSON • Ros CRAWFORD • Joanne KENT • Eoin Stuart MCLEOD • Chris DREW • Hilary RENNIE • Amanda TIPLADY • Sarah DREW • Phil MACKENZIE • Anna RICHMOND • Katie BARROWS • Michael MAHONEY • Kevin LEWINGTON • Gia MIDDLETON • Hannah MCPHEE • Debbie KING • Ian MCGUINNESS • Jennie JENNINGS • Anne-Marie ALLEN • Tracey ABBOTT • Sarah BATE • James RENNIE • Katie RENNIE • Peter RENNIE • Iain MACKENZIE

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Woodley parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Jonathan Stuart DAVIES who recorded a time of 15:20 on 26th July 2014 (event number 95).
The female record is held by Anna BONIFACE who recorded a time of 17:31 on 15th April 2017 (event number 241).
The Age Grade course record is held by Claire DONALD who recorded 91.08% (19:37) on 1st November 2014 (event number 109).

Woodley parkrun started on 13th October 2012. Since then 8,197 participants have completed 70,974 parkruns covering a total distance of 354,870 km, including 12,380 new Personal Bests.

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